Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending April 3, 2022. 

COVID-19 Vaccines International Pregnancy Exposure Registry (C-VIPER)

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Vagina Obscura

“Female reproductive anatomy” has historically been studied and defined by men, who have misunderstood many things about it. Even–especially!–the nomenclature is wrong at this point: it is neither exclusively female, as intersex and trans people can claim it, nor is it only about reproduction. It is about sexuality too, which is pretty important. Rachel Gross’ new book starts to set the record straight. Read more here (and/or buy a signed copy here).

This is important for you because your vagina’s going to be pretty important pretty soon–may as well get to know it better.

Human cloning?

We have the ability to clone humans; yet no one has, and what’s more, no one has declared that they’re going to. Which is weird, because when the first mammalian clone was made (a sheep named Dolly, since her DNA came from a mammary cell, way back in 1997), a number of people said they were going to start cloning people and governments rushed to ban the practice. Read more here.

This is important for you because what do you think? Should we or shouldn’t we? Will we or won’t we?


Amelai Morris’ first novel explores new motherhood and female friendship. Read more here

This is important for you because this creator of the podcast Mom Rage certainly has thought provoking things to say about motherhood and its role in our society.

How old are “older” mothers?

The oldest woman known to conceive naturally was 59; but another woman has given birth to babies conceived by IVF at the age of 73. This may not be so rare as scientists are better learning how to manipulate both reproduction and aging. Read more here.

This is important for you because as with much technology, it begs the question: just because we can, does that mean that we should?

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Oral Contraceptives Myths and Facts Part I: Are Oral Contraceptives Unnatural? Read it here.


Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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